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Legalize Marijuana, End Budget Crisis

February 18th, 2009

The government has several reasons to legalize marijuana now. The costs associated with marijuana for the government are huge. A study by Jeffery Miron, a professor at Harvard, said that legalizing marijuana would save the government $7.7 billion a year. Second, legalized marijuana would bring in a large amount of tax revenue. Miron estimated that it would bring in $6.2 billion if it were taxed at the rates of alcohol and tobacco. Next, many studies agree that marijuana is actually safer than alcohol and tobacco. It doesn’t really make sense for marijuana to be illegal while alcohol and tobacco are sitting on shelves in the store. Finally, the prohibition of alcohol should have taught us something. Making it illegal made it much less safe and only served to make organized crime rich. Illegal marijuana is making our government broke and drug dealers rich.

Budget Shortfalls

Right now many states including the one I live in, Tennessee, are having huge budget shortfalls due to the recession. These states have been forced to cut jobs and hours. Some states, like California, are in huge trouble. They are actually shutting down the government for 2 days a month right now to save money. That means less hours for the workers, and inconvenience for everyone in the state. Miron estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion dollars a year by reducing the enforcement and incarceration costs. Legalizing marijuana would allow us to use our police force in ways that are much more helpful to the general population than trying to put Michael Phelps in jail. This budget savings would allow many jobs to be saved around the country.

Increased Tax Revenues

If we were to legalize marijuana, we would add significant taxes to any purchase. The cost would be similar to the current cost, however, the profit would be going to the government in the form of tax revenue instead of to drug dealers. Miron put the estimate at around $6.2 billion dollars. Remember those budget problems I was talking about, this would be a nice windfall that could help save / create more even more jobs. Making marijuana legal would also reduce drug related crime and keep our youth doing legal work instead of being enticed by the huge amounts of money that is made selling drugs.

Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol and Tobacco

Medical experts say that marijuana use is generally safer and less addictive than other legal drugs.

“Is marijuana safer [than alcohol]? The short answer is ‘yes,’” said Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a University of Southern California psychologist who is the author of “Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence” and the just published “Mind-Altering Drugs: The Science of Subjective Experience.” The evidence is clear, he told DRCNet. “Cannabis has no lethal dose, so you can’t die from it. The impact on the brain structure for cannabis is nil, but there can be very serious brain function changes with alcohol abuse. Also, more dramatic liver functions are impaired with alcohol. Malnutrition, B-vitamin deficiency, and Korsakoff’s Disorder are all linked to alcohol, but not cannabis.”

I am certainly not advocating the use of marijuana. I don’t and have never used it. I also don’t drink or smoke. That isn’t the point. The point is that the health effects are similar or less than other legal drugs. It just doesn’t make sense for marijuana to be illegal while alcohol and tobacco are not.

Learn from History, Prohibition Failed

Prohibition was a very interesting social experiment in the United States. It made alcohol illegal. It did not however remove alcohol from America. What it did was make people drink things that were much worse for them. It also made organized crime a lot of money. Does this sound familiar? Marijuana is pretty easily found in the United States right now even though it is illegal, but who knows what else it contains. Drug dealers are getting rich and not paying taxes just like the organized crime did during Prohibition. We could help fix that with the fair tax, but it makes more sense to just take away their illegal income. We have to start learning from history. Prohibition of alcohol was a failure, prohibition of marijuana isn’t working very well either.

Legalize Marijuana, Solve the Budget Problem

Right now we are in a recession. Unemployment is higher than anyone would like it to be. President Obama just signed an almost $800 billion stimulus package into law trying save jobs. We should legalize marijuana and help out some of the many states that are currently having serious budget problems. It would certainly help a lot to have more money coming in and less going out.

Related: Want to Decrease Illegal Drug Use? Decriminalize it!

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  1. Phil Alden
    February 18th, 2009 at 00:25 | #1

    I wholeheartedly agree with this post. I’ve been arguing the same thing for a while now, (as has the Marijuana Policy Project and NORML.)

  2. OodlesOfNoodles
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:05 | #2

    It’s such a complete joke that marijuana is still illegal.You would figure with the amount of therapeutic value it has,it certainly would be legal.

  3. OodlesOfNoodles
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:08 | #3

    It would facilitate a great amount of economic prosperity…something we are in DIRE need for.

  4. lori
    February 18th, 2009 at 11:20 | #4

    Everyone would be in better health and feel better, where would the profit be for the LEGALIZED DRUG DEALERS if that happened? Maybe with the country going broke and millions of people without jobs and insurance the government will take a second look at the money to be made from legalizing hemp…after all it’s not about us and how we feel, it’s about the money for them

  5. farfromsober
    February 18th, 2009 at 12:49 | #5

    “Miron estimated that it would bring in $6.2 billion if it were taxed at the rates of alcohol and tobacco.” are those estimates based on black market prices of the good now? B/c if it ever gets legalized I fail to see the purpose of continuing to have to spend $20 for a g or $60 for an 1/8th when those costs are inflated due to the inherent risk involved with selling the item - therefore I’m not sure if they’d be bringing in THAT much money - I’d hope that if we legalized it it’d be $20 for a pack of 20 joints or something along those lines.

  6. February 18th, 2009 at 13:33 | #6

    those estimates are based on taxing them like alcohol and tobacco. i suspect it could be taxed significantly more heavily and still be cheaper than it is now. i don’t think making it cheaper would be the government’s goal though. i think it would get taxed to the point where the cost is similar and the profit would go to the government. based on those assumptions, i think the actual revenue brought in would be higher than Miron’s estimate.

  7. Sean
    February 18th, 2009 at 14:12 | #7

    Uh. Great idea. One (BIG) problem: inital cost to set up this system is enormous, not to mention noone is currently prepared for it. Tobacco companies would want into the business. This would take years to set up I expect. You can’t just wave a wand and suddenly the machine starts rolling out marijuana cigarettes.

  8. February 18th, 2009 at 18:27 | #8

    The great part about this is like you said, Tobacco companies would want into the business. That means private enterprise. No tax dollars needed.

  9. Doobie
    February 18th, 2009 at 19:46 | #9

    How ’bout the revenues from hemp? Something which has zero intoxicants is considered a drug? If the US took this industry and became the world leader in hemp production there would be nothing but budget surplus. Not to mention much food, fuel and clothing.

  10. jeff
    February 18th, 2009 at 20:00 | #10

    I like the theory and stuff, but what happens to the people already locked up for weed related crimes….do we let them out, or are they grandfather ruled into jail?

  11. February 18th, 2009 at 22:57 | #11

    I would let them out. right now we have a very overcrowded prison system and it doesn’t make sense to spend the money it takes to keep them there. it would help a lot of budgets out if we let them go.

  12. February 18th, 2009 at 23:00 | #12

    I agree in principle.. But I doubt it is that easy to release a large number of criminals into the general population again. Whether or not they were criminals initially spending time in prison will have changed them substantially. Also, we then have to spend money having the giant bureaucracy scrub their police records or we end up with a situation where those people are unemployable.

  13. February 19th, 2009 at 20:20 | #13

    the only problem with legalizing mary jane would be this: would you really want big corporations getting a hold of it? I mean how much tobacco is in a cigarette? how much filler would they put in a joint? gay?

  14. Eileen Erdelt
    February 19th, 2009 at 21:17 | #14

    Abraham Lincoln said that prohibition never works. Marijuana Cannabis Hemp will help us clean up our planet. Food, fiber, medicine, energy, paper…fields of marijuana cannabis hemp. Freedom. Prosperity. Now is the time. We will be persecuted no more. I love marijuana cannabis hemp.

  15. Darin DeLuca
    February 23rd, 2009 at 14:38 | #15

    I am a strong supporter of the legalization of cannibas. I am not a user and do not believe I would be if it was legalized. However the amount of tax money we waste each year fighting a battle that we will never win. I realize that this is not as simple as just flipping a switch and poof pot is legal. However the switch needs to be flipped and the blanks filled on how to do this will get filled in. I have heard time and time again pot is no more dangerous then alcohol. In my opinion alcohol is a lot worse. Who has had a hangover from pot? That is because alcohol changes your body’s chemistry negatively when you drink it. Does pot do that? Oh and if you smoke pot it will lead to harder drungs. That may be true is a very small percentage of cases but those people are either currently or were going to go that route anyway. Has anyone been around a bunch of people who were doing pot and seen a fight break out because the were stoned? I have seen more then my fair share of alcohol fueled fights in bars and at parties. It is time our backwards government wakes up and realizes this would boost the economy, create jobs, and is no more and in most cases less harmful then the alcohol and tobacco products that are legal.

  16. February 23rd, 2009 at 16:43 | #16

    If it’s legal, we grow it ourselves and no taxes get paid and no money changes hands. That’s one of the big reasons it’s illegal. The reason tobacco is legal is the government thinks it’s really sweet that tobacco users pay into the Social Security System for 45 years and then, when they turn 65, they all die and never collect a penny. If cannabis were deadly, it might be legal; but since it’s not, it won’t be. Too bad. Greed, lies, and hypocrisy are what our vaunted “greatest nation on Earth” is all about. And the citizens are all impotent, brainwashed dummies, so there’s no hope here.

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  17. Davidson
    February 24th, 2009 at 23:58 | #17

    People only cares about the moeny/budget the state will get and how everyone would be happy.. but u also have to look at the fact that MJ is supporting alot of households/families. cutting the mj dealer therefore they will turn into other controlled substances dealer, some might even start robbing people when they only opportunty is sell mj is taken away from them. Ive always wanted mj to be completely legalized but u cant be blindsided

  18. Laura
    February 25th, 2009 at 17:03 | #18

    Well, it’s a great debate either way. You can’t have one side that will COMPLETELY win or lose. You have to think about how much money the government will make on it, who will benefit and who will lose, and if they make it legal, how do you regulate it? Do you treat it like alcohol, and if you get caught under the influence get a fine or go to jail for it? If that’s the case, how do you test for it, since it stays in your system for weeks, unlike alcohol that is gone within hours? You could have smoked a joint yesterday, then get pulled over today and if they do a test on you, you’re going to come up positive for it. Do they lay it in the hands of corporations like alcohol and tabacco, or do they leave it in the hands of growers to sell and make them get a license to sell it, and if you’re caught selling illegally, then get a fine for it?

    I am all for legalizing it. I believe if anything, it will save taxpayer money AT LEAST on law enforcement and having to arrest, put on trial, spend money in court fees, legal fees, and if they go to jail, to house the offender for the law. That would be a significant difference, no matter what other way they go. As far as what to do with those who are already in jail for it, that would be something we would have to deal with, whether it would be to grandfather them in, or keep them out, but more than likely, if they’re in jail, it’s not JUST for possession of marijuana. Especially in these days, for the most part, it’s just a slap on the wrist, I don’t think you do a life sentence for possessing pot, even with intent to sell. Maybe I’m wrong, I’m not as familiar with those laws as I should be, but last time I remember, it’s not a VERY serious offense for possessing mj.

    I think before they go ahead and legalize it, there should be set standards on how to handle it because once it becomes legal, you’re going to have a lot of questions, and a lot of money changing hands.

    And on the safety of it, I tend to agree with most of the public that marijuana is actually a bit safer than alcohol. You will always have your bad apples that abuse it and make the rest of the population that just does it quietly in their home not harming anyone look bad as well. Kind of like how people that abuse alcohol and drink and drive tend to give people who just drink a few drinks look bad.

    Bottom line is, no, there is no simple solution, but I think if they can put together laws and such for tabacco and alcohol, they should be able to do it for marijuana. *smile*

  19. February 27th, 2009 at 07:53 | #19

    Excellent; I completely agree!

  20. Darin DeLuca
    March 5th, 2009 at 14:28 | #20

    Does anyone believe that our government will wake up and stop this stupid prohibition in our life time. I highly doubt it. The more and more I think about it the more I think how ridiculous this is.

  21. March 6th, 2009 at 03:14 | #21

    incremental de criminalizing is a smooth path. most people are so lazy, going to rite aid or the drive through will be easier than growing

  22. Joe Lawrence
    March 13th, 2009 at 18:31 | #22

    I was just thinking that marijauna would be a great stimulus for the economy and did a search. I came across the above article. It has very good points. Al Roker is hosting a show on MSNBC at 10:00 PM Sunday evening(Marijauna Inc)
    I don’t think that crime would increase to a great degree. Most dealers I know of are not criminal minded. There are stiffer penalities for
    harder drugs (including hash) thus they do NOT want to be involved. Marijuana is also not a gateway drug. I have smoked weed since I was in my 20’s but only in moderation. (Like a drink or two every once in awhile.) I am now 48 and have an infallable memory as well as a productive life.

  23. March 14th, 2009 at 01:34 | #23

    Thanks for the comment Joe. I agree that it is really no worse, (maybe not as bad), than alcohol. I think the benefits outweigh the possible cons at this point.

  24. Brian
    March 24th, 2009 at 19:24 | #24

    Funny how of all the drugs that are out there, it’s the “white man’s” drugs, beer and cigarettes, that are the legal ones. The “other” drugs were all criminalized when America really was suffering from racism.

  25. April 15th, 2009 at 06:41 | #25

    Hey, cool tips. I’ll buy a bottle of beer to that person from that forum who told me to visit your site :)

  26. Joyce Luna
    June 30th, 2009 at 14:34 | #26

    Of all the reasons to make marijuana legal is that our military is fighting the war on drugs which is useless and costly. The government needs the money,the federal gov is fighting marijuana, people are being killed or mained because of the drug war which is useless. The drug dealers are getting rich, we could use the tax revenue, and it is safer for those who in need of safer drugs for their medical treatments.
    Studies shoe that 6.2 Billion of taxes could be collected.
    And most of all and the most important reason is “Freedom of Choice”.
    Its legal for my grown son to get drunk and raise hell, but he cannot
    sit in his home and smoke a marijuana with his friends. Its legal for politicians to have their drinks and bars in homes, and private clubs………….but those not so hit up……are not allowed a few pleasures…………that is not “Freedom of Choice”.

  27. Annie
    July 29th, 2009 at 20:21 | #27

    I wonder what popular opinion on legalization really is. It seems debate stances haven’t shifted much in the history of narcotics. I found a pretty good back and forth debate over it here: http://www.pandalous.com/topic/on_drugs

  28. September 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 | #28

    So I have to post to this. I am kassandra_m on your twitter a professional blogger. I wrote this blog for a Law Firm in Florida. On topic:

    Florida Drug Crimes: Tougher Laws and Penalties for Pot Growers

    As the State of Florida has made clear, drug policies, both in the State of Florida and across the nation have virtually been an absolute failure. Millions of dollars have been exhausted through law enforcement, prosecutions and judicial excess.

    State law now brings formidable penalties for marijuana growers. The Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act permits prosecutors and law enforcement agents the essential tools to battle those that grow marijuana for profit. With the current law in place any building owned with the intent of cultivating the distribution of marijuana is a third degree felony. If 25 or more plants are grown it is a second degree felony, a first degree felony when children are present. Thus, making the penalties for marijuana growers just about as severe as those charged with the possession of cocaine; it is a third degree felony for the possession of 28 grams of cocaine, a second degree felony for the sale of cocaine and a first degree felony for cocaine trafficking of 150 kilo grams or more.

    Legislator’s and law enforcement officials, claim that marijuana grow houses simulate unrelenting liabilities to the community, endanger children and promote environmental hazards, through violence and gun activity. Not including a surge in violent crimes such as burglaries and home invasions.

    In central Florida wholesale distribution, midlevel distribution and retail distribution of marijuana alone rated in the Asian/Vietnamese communities only. Wholesale distribution, midlevel distribution and retail distribution along with other drugs to include cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine were high in all other communities. The question posed is marijuana a danger as a singular or a danger combined with other more costly drugs.

    According to a 2007 analysis done by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, the rate of deaths by prescription drugs were three times the rate of deaths that were caused by all illicit drugs combined. 989 deaths were caused by cocaine heroin and methamphetamines, prescription drugs Valium and Xanax were responsible for 743 deaths, 843 for cocaine and none for marijuana.

    Cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines are a direct threat throughout Florida with cocaine being readily available through various criminal groups. Miami alone has more emergency department instances affiliated with cocaine abuse than any other illicit drug. Violent crimes are customarily associated with cocaine, specifically in low income inner city communities. Dealers in an attempt to protect their domain often commit violent crimes from assault to homicide. They form criminal gangs that deal cocaine while often engaging in drive by shootings and home invasions.

  29. Somebody
    December 4th, 2009 at 23:13 | #29

    & @ Sean
    Okay You both are right it would be a huge industry but it’s not like the government doesn’t have the money for it. Also with the tobacco company’s getting into it. There’s what another 30% At least? It would also give people more jobs to grow and maintain the hemp. And if the Gov’ would grow high quality hemp, they could charge more for it. People would more than likely pay more for better. And if they were smart they could also make cigarette like product to control the product. it’s not like the product is going to cost them a thing. But electricity and packaging. Rest is natural anyhow. So how is it going to be costly?

  30. Cole Smith
    September 30th, 2010 at 16:16 | #30

    @ jeff

    well jeff it would be nice to see all the criminals in jail for marijuana be released but unfortunately in our national constitution it states the our government will never post an ex post facto law which means that if a law were to be in place today saying mj is legal anyone who committed the offense before the law came out would still serve their sentence so unfortunately they would have to remain in prison

  31. Old School
    December 20th, 2010 at 22:15 | #31

    If you people think things will be better off with pot legal… wow. serious? you think the hassle is bad now. wait till the police have to monitor you to see if you are buying it from the gov instead of the old dude you bought off of for years. It will not be cheap. They want taxes. You think the baby boomers are going to just sit around and not get their fair share off the gov tit? They will push to make sure the young dope smoker pays his taxes so they get their social security. Let the dope dealers out of prison cause they will need to fill the prisons with the stoners who refuse to pay taxes on the stuff and go get it from their local guy. The gov will tear up the constitution to make you pay the taxes. You really want the bozos in washington to determine how and where and how much for you pot? out of the frying pan into the fire.
    I think the stuff is wrong and bad… but if you let it become apart of the federal/state mess you will long for the good old days when it was illegal. problem is when the budgets get cut people get desperate it will pass. legalization will bring on all kinds of trouble cause of the money grab. it won’t be paradise that is for sure.

  32. michaeldavidson
    January 6th, 2011 at 21:20 | #32

    listen joe the statement made how marijuana aka cannibas aka bandage for the nation i know for a fact that if it were to be legalized then many rules and regulations would be implicated to prevent any backfiring such robbery for mj like it would be taxed all dealers would be letigitmized and the businesses that fuel the economy would focus on marijuana becoming so great that resturants, airplanes, cruiseships,vegas would have cannibas involed no need to travel to amsterdam to enjoy life

  33. March 30th, 2011 at 23:16 | #33

    Just lost my Wal-mart mob of 19 years for a bad piss test. I have had
    cancer, and bling in one eye, radiation, cemo doctor, and eye doctor has all told me that Marjiuana wouldn’t hurt me, well I got used to the good that it done for me during my treatments. Is there any thing that I can do to help out cause? I’m 46 years old and always worked., Now I would like to make the case for legal Marijuana in Indiana, with the hopes that I can maked a living to pay bills. Help! Good Bless us all!

  34. tom
    April 21st, 2011 at 08:54 | #34

    You can’t let them out, they committed an act at a time when their actions were illegal. This shows that they have no regard for the law and therefore cannot be released. However i reckon it would be nice if they were released, although the world isn’t nice.

  35. Mark
    April 27th, 2011 at 00:28 | #35

    Legalizing pot would certainly stimulate the economy. But do any of you honestly believe that our government would use the monetary gains to eliminate our national debt? I don’t. I believe they would just piss it away, like they always do.

    Pot is too tricky to regulate, and our government knows it. Even if they cornered the cannabis market, there would still be many talented, small-time growers/distributers that would be profiting, tax-free. And you know our government won’t stand for that. The bureaucracy that would ensue to ensure that everyone growing/selling pot was licensed, bonded, insured, etc… would be mind-boggling. Like everything else money-related, our government would find a way to complicate things, which ultimately costs us more money than necessary.

    Cannabis will baby-step it’s way towards partial-legalization, but there will never be a time in which anyone and everyone can use, grow or distribute cannabis without legal repercussions.

  36. diana
    August 20th, 2011 at 00:21 | #36

    If Marjiuana were legalized i think that the crime rate would go way down.Hell instead of tobacco farmers we could have hemp farmers, i’ll bet they would make even more money from growing it, and i believe i would help our economy grow, does the government not understand how much money could be made from this stuff?they could sell it for $20.00 a pack and there are many people that would buy it…..I might not have finished high school, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out!

  37. Dempsey
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:37 | #37

    I believe that the prohobition of maryjuana is almost unlawful. If the founding fathers of this once “great” nation had said that freedom of choice and the pursuit of happiness are what drives this country. Then how come the legalization of maryjuana is so corrupted? Corrupted as in, why is it that alcohol is a known harmful substance that has serious health risks to those who are long-term users, compared to those who are long-term medicinal maryjuana users? If alcohol and cigarettes, even chewing tobacco, are such dangerous compunds to be injested and or smoked, then why is that they are legal? While sub suquentially, medications that have serious side effetcs on prolonged users affect people in negative and destructive ways?

    I would personally like to know why maryjuana is even considered a “drug,” and yes i do know that a drug is considered anything that is unnatural to our bodies that causes alterations in behavior and mental activity. Yes, understandable, yet maryjuana is a natural herb that is, key word, GROWN, not produced. Maryjuana is a natural reoccuring plant that does raise dopamine levels and increases THC levels, yet does it affect any one person negativly? Not exactly, thus, in my reasoning in the legalization of maryjuana. It is to be advised that maryjuana is indeed a known “drug,” yet the pros to cons invloving the legalization of maryjuana differ SEVERLY.

    For example: Tax revenue and money recieved to the government would increase substantially, in addition to this, crime rate would INDEED go down.

    I live in Colorado, where maryjuana is legal to those who are prescribed it. I personally do have my red card and I am 17 years of age. I have never once suffered from any ill effects while on maryjuana, or felt as if though it would deter my psychological being.

    I do indeed believe that the legalization of maryjuana would in fact be a gargantuan benefit to the government, economy, and the citizens of the United States, although I as well do believe that there must be control over the situation. For without control, the legalization of maryjuana will be a fault, a waste of resources, productivity, and ingenuity.

  38. February 17th, 2012 at 10:10 | #38

    Everyone in the great ol’ US OF A should smoke weed without any problems. it should be 100% legal. people think marijuana is soooo bad but it’s really not. Zero deaths have been recorded from marijuana, and it’s illegal. There have been thousands if not millions of deaths due to alcohol and tobacco, but those seem to be legal? OUR GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT

  39. Google
    February 20th, 2012 at 11:57 | #39

    learn how to spell dumbass

  40. seand
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:26 | #40

    ive noticed alot of pretentiousness and stupidity coming from the comment section
    people like you are the exact reason why washington will never take marijuana seriously
    and i realized that the only people that read these articles and give a shit are you dumbass weed loving retards
    ive smoked pot
    nothing special
    definitely just a waste of a few years of my teenage life that i could of spent doing something productive that wasn’t a complete money pit
    read the article it’s describing tartlets like you

  41. bERT
    March 29th, 2012 at 13:45 | #41

    hey bitch . i am doing this for a project . hoe . i hate your face and guts , nigga . i’m 21 and i have smoked since i was old enough to hold a bottle . jk LOL . anyway your gay as fuck

  42. July 8th, 2012 at 08:14 | #42

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  43. Christian
    September 28th, 2012 at 10:25 | #43

    The Hardest part about legalizing Marijuana is that the Government would have to admit that for the past 70+ years they have lied to the American people. I mean not just a little lie, I am talking about the Propaganda that included the outright ignorant Racist profiling. ( Reefer Madness). And then what about all the cover ups of medical studies and commissions they have. Aw, the hardest thing; ANSWERS TO THE LIES!

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  45. daniel
    November 12th, 2012 at 11:59 | #45

    yes legalize it!!!

  46. Heaven Lea
    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:48 | #46

    LEGALIZE marijuana already I’m tired of sitting around waiting for the government to legalize it, if it were in my hands weed would have been legalized a long ass time ago.

  47. adam
    January 26th, 2013 at 20:06 | #47

    The real money is not in the recreational use of marijuana as with alcohol. The real money is in HEMP. Hemp oil, fiber, cellulose, carbon dioxide reduction, building material, ect. You will stimulate way more in job creation, and product development with just legalizing the hemp side of the equation along with all the benefits of petrol product reduction. Cannabis will eventually save this world but it will take a revolution to get the government to realize they need to let people make the decisions not narrow minded corporate greed mongers.